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Do you need a little help for the holidays?

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Believe it or not, it's already time to start thinking about the holidays. Registration for the Salvation Army's Christmas Assistance Program kicked off Tuesday.

Every year, the Salvation Army helps thousands of people in the Toledo area have a brighter holiday season.

"Basically, we help out families, singles, seniors – anyone that is in need for the holiday season for food baskets or toys," explained Harley Maddox, coordinator of the Christmas Clearing Bureau.

Patricia Bitticks is one Toledo resident who appreciates the service.

"It's really a blessing because I cook for myself, I have four little grandbabies," Bitticks said. "It is a wonderful and beautiful thing."

Bitticks says the program ensures her grandchildren will have food and gifts for Christmas.

"I think it means everything, because it's definitely hard, and I can understand how hard it is to be able to provide for a family, knowing you're doing your best and still not able to meet that need," Maddox said. "I'm hoping to help as many families as will come and apply with us…We helped a little over 2,000 last year, so we look to increase our numbers this year."

The Salvation Army is already taking applications for this year's holiday program.

Applications will be accepted at the Lucas County Jobs & Family Services offices located at 3210 Monroe Street on October 1, 3, 8, and 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Applications will be accepted at The Salvation Army offices located at 620 N Erie Street from Monday, October 21 and Wednesday, October 23 through Friday, October 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Applications will also be accepted downtown on Tuesday, October 24 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., as well as Saturday, October 26 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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